Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Security update from Classic Africa Safaris on DRC and Rwanda

According to the Rwanda Tour and Travel Association (RTTA), there was a security incident within the Rwanda border directly outside the Volcanoes National Park at the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund's Karisoke Kazi anti-poaching camp. The US Embassy reports that the attack on Rwanda park employees was perpetrated by an armed group who apparently crossed the border from DRC and did not involve tourists. According to the Rwandan government, security forces have been tripled in the area, along the border and around the park. The US Embassy in Kigali, as of December 3, 2012, has issued a travel alert (security threat level - 4) to Rubavu District, Volcanoes National Park, the town of Kinigi, and the area to the north and west of Kinigi that abuts Volcanoes National Park.

We are awaiting an official statement from the Rwanda Development Board (RDB); in the interim gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park has not been suspended by the government or park officials and continues as usual, and there are no evacuations taking place. Please stay tuned for further updates from CAS as we receive information from the RDB. Should you have any questions, please contact Phil Ward at Classic Africa Safaris or the Kusini Collection.

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